1936 White Model 706 visits Jay Leno’s Garage

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Not all yellow buses are faculty buses. This 1936 White Mannequin 706 as soon as shuttled vacationers round Yellowstone Nationwide Park, however its most up-to-date cease was at Jay Leno’s Storage.

Whereas comparable fashions are nonetheless in service (with some modifications) at Nationwide Parks, this 16-passenger bus was acquired and restored by Winslow Bent, founding father of Legacy Traditional Vehicles. He beforehand confirmed up on the storage with a six-wheeled Dodge Energy Wagon.

White was based in 1858 as a producer of stitching machines, however branched out into steam vehicles, a few of which grew to become the primary official White Home vehicles. The corporate step by step shifted away from passenger vehicles to bigger autos, making all the things from World Conflict II half-tracks to buses like this one.

 

1936 White Model 706 Yellowstone tour bus on Jay Leno's Garage

1936 White Mannequin 706 Yellowstone tour bus on Jay Leno’s Storage

Much like fashionable business vehicles, White equipped solely the cab and chassis, leaving prospects to hunt out a provider for the physique. This bus has a physique by Henri Binder, a coachbuilder who additionally made our bodies for luxurious vehicles like Duesenberg and Hispano-Suiza. The distinctive grille and slender hood have been equipped by White, nonetheless.

Beneath that hood sits a 318-cubic-inch inline-6 producing what Bent estimates to be 120 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. That is not quite a lot of energy for such a big car, however this flathead engine may be very quiet, Bent famous. So it will not scare the wildlife. 

The transmission is an unsynchronized 4-speed guide, incomes drivers the nickname “Gear Jammers.” The transmission is not the one factor that must be finessed, because the four-wheel drum brakes weren’t designed for emergency stops.

One among 150 purchased by the federal authorities, this bus accrued 600,000 miles in tourist-hauling service on largely unpaved roads. It is exceptional that there was sufficient left to revive after that. The physique is wooden, whereas different elements are a mixture of metal and aluminum vulnerable to corrosion via galvanic reactions.

The streets of Los Angeles may not be as scenic as Yellowstone, however this restored bus nonetheless makes for a formidable sight. Test it out within the embedded video.

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